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Outdoors!

Get outdoors! Most of our time is spent outdoors. There’s always something to do.

  • hike
  • bike
  • paddle – canoe and kayak
  • fish
  • hunt
  • wild harvest / forage
  • camping
  • geocaching
  • letter boxing
  • garden
  • wildlife observation
  • bird watching

What do you do outdoors?

Our Maine Moose Hunt – Scouting in the North Maine Woods

Our Maine Moose Hunt – Scouting in the North Maine Woods

Our Maine Moose Hunt A Maine moose hunt is something hunters from all over hope for, wait for, dream of, apply for, and one that few of us get. More than 50,000 people entered the lottery in 2018 and around 2,500 of us were drawn. It’s one thing to have your name drawn and something else to have an opening available in your zone and gender choices. I’d been applying for bull or cow, either, just please give me a…

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Late Summer Mornings

Late Summer Mornings

Late Summer Mornings There’s something about late summer mornings that revives my tired soul. You know that feeling. The one where you’ve worked your ass off all spring and summer and here it is late August and the to do list is longer than the done list. That feeling. The holy-shit-it-never-ends feeling. But getting up at 4:30 am, slipping into camo, walking into the woods, and sitting in a tree stand for a few hours does me good. Bear season…

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February 26 2018

February 26 2018

Snow started late yesterday afternoon. One to three inches turned to a “dusting,” but dusting isn’t the proper word. Dusting suggests the snow was dry and fluffy. It’s granular, wet, sticky, the kind of snow that makes walking on ice less treacherous. The sun’s going to come out according to the weather report, and it seems that’s true. It’s brighter out at 10:30 am. It’s a writing day. A drink too much coffee, force myself to vacuum before the dog…

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West Musquash Lake Outlet, Black & White

West Musquash Lake Outlet, Black & White

West Musquash Lake Outlet, Black & White West Musquash Lake Outlet – the swimming hole. We’ve spent a lot of time swimming here. Someone built the rock dam I don’t know how many decades ago. Late each spring someone braves the frigid water to put the rocks moved by ice back into place. Jumping off the bridge was the start of conquering my fear of heights (finished later by climbing ladders to bear hunt in tree stands). The stream is…

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February 25 2018 – Snowmobiling

February 25 2018 – Snowmobiling

Snowmobiling is one of the things I love about winter. I never tire of riding backwoods roads to see what we can see, and that includes in winter when the roads aren’t plowed. Steve, Taylor and I trailered the snowmobiles to West Lake Road, a couple of miles from the house, and started from there. The trails aren’t groomed out here and some of the roads we ventured out hadn’t been ridden this year or at least not since the…

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Egg Rock Light – Seal Pups & Lobsters

Egg Rock Light – Seal Pups & Lobsters

Egg Rock Light House We’ve been to Egg Rock Light House before but we enjoy the ride and the wildlife we see so much we went back again on our anniversary weekend. This was part of the lobster tour out of Bar Harbor. Steve grew up lobstering so it wasn’t anything new to him but for me, in spite of marrying into a lobstering family decades ago, it was a first.  (We also went to Asticou Azalea Garden.) Harbor Seals…

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Asticou Azalea Garden – Photo Tour

Asticou Azalea Garden – Photo Tour

Asticou Azalea Garden Steve planned a day on the coast for us when we celebrated our 29th wedding anniversary. We took a short cruise to Egg Rock Light House to see wildlife (seal pups…so sweet) and then went to Asticou Azalea Garden. The garden was in full bloom and stunningly beautiful. Absolutely gorgeous. It was inspiring. I have a half acre of former market garden space to turn into a perennial garden. We can’t do anything like the azalea garden…

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Peter O’Neil Brook – May 7, 2017

Peter O’Neil Brook – May 7, 2017

Peter O’Neil Brook I took a walk to Peter O’Neil Brook today. The water is rushing but we didn’t get the four to five inches of rain predicted. The brook isn’t full. Two inches of rain wasn’t a problem. The sun is in and out today, a nice surprise. Any time the sun is out between now and May 18, according to the current forecast, will be a surprise. Life on the homestead is still quiet because of the weatherso…

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Bison – Yearlings, Sparring & Hey, Don’t Get Too Close

Bison – Yearlings, Sparring & Hey, Don’t Get Too Close

Bison Steve and I went out last night for our second Woodcock Singing Ground Survey of the  year. We ran the Danforth survey and when in Danforth, I want to see the red stag and bison. Seeing the bison is a rare thing, it’s happened only twice. We’ve been out past the farm that raises these animals dozens of times and until last night, the bison were near the road only once. “The smaller red stag are over here,” I…

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Harlequin Duck Tour

Harlequin Duck Tour

Harlequin Duck Tour It was snowing and windy. White caps broke around the lobster boats in Stonington. Steve, Taylor and I were invited by Tammy and Dennis to go on the Harlequin Duck Tour with their birding group. Previous plans for the day fell through and when I accepted the invitation, I thought this plan would, too. On a boat out to see in the snow with the wind and the waves and…were we crazy? I didn’t start to get…

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